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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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819 Ratings
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Ratings: 819
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 66
Gots: 73 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zeff80 on 03-01-2012)
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Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

jheezee, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange. Good sized fluffy white head. Fades at a decent pace, leaving nice tufts of lacing everywhere.

S: A little bit of tropical fruit and a fairly potent caramel malt backing it up. It's no IPA for sure, this is a malty and balanced aroma.

T: Hmm maybe I was wrong on the tropical fruit. It's mostly grapefruit and pine here. Pretty mild, mixes well with a biscuity malt (again, I was wrong from the aroma). Small wave of bitterness into the finish with a piney aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth.

O: An excellent APA for sure. Very balanced and drinkable. Hoppiness is a nice addition and bitterness isn't weak either. Just mild enough to be an APA. Tasty and enjoyable.

Dope, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

JAHMUR, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of acelin
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a small pint glass ( I split the can with my SO).

Appearance is great for a PA. Far darker than most, with a great color profile that reflects the light. The carbonation makes it almost sparkle.

The smell is very citrusy, with caramel malts punching through the mix. Really entices you to drink it!

The taste is superb for a Pale Ale. This will be my go to Pale Ale from now on. The hops are perfectly balanced, and the malt is clear, light, yet has a rich flavor. Hints of caramel too.

Mouthfeel is great, drinkability is superb.

acelin, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of mirish72
4/5  rDev +5.8%

mirish72, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Mealhouse
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Mealhouse, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of BTHU
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

BTHU, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Tarheel4985
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Tarheel4985, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of simi46
3.25/5  rDev -14%

simi46, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of taspence
4/5  rDev +5.8%

taspence, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of chocosushi
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

chocosushi, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of arc3636
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

arc3636, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of silversumo
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

silversumo, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of drh1382
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

drh1382, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of falloutsnow
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Hyvee, Council Bluffs, IA
Date: "20417A3BR" stamped below UPC
Glass: Tulip

Pours a 2cm head of modestly dense foam composed of medium-sized bubbles. Head retention is solid, slowly decreasing to a persistent cap atop the body with excellent lacing. Body is golden colored with a slight orange tint, and rather hazy, though not totaly opaque. Light brings out bright golden yellow hues to the beer, and make the carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass easily visible.

Aroma is mildly citrus-like, with orange and grapefruit rind scents that are atop a base of slightly cracker-like malts. While I like the overall impression, I find that it could be stronger, particularly from a canned beer.

Flavor is brightly fruity and of mild grapefruit-meets-orange citrus, with more mild cracker-like malts and substantial bitterness. Front of palate detects pale malt sweetness and fruit-like esters, including some modest passion fruit, perhaps from the galaxy hops. Mid-palate is very bright and fruity, with plenty of citrus-like esters, particularly navel orange and grapefruit. Back of palate intensifies the citrus-like flavors, with a strong bitterness that lasts well into the aftertaste.

Beer is medium-bodied with medium-level carbonation, creating a crisp and modestly soft mouthfeel. Closes dryly, as one would expect with the substantial hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

falloutsnow, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev +5.8%

dunix, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks HomeBrewed. Been wanting this one for a while!

Appearance. Okay, first off, best can ever!! The main reason I wanted this beer, but it actually looks really nice. Hazy gold amber with over a finger of thick and creamy looking white head that leaves some great lacing. Extra half point for the best can I've ever seen.

Smell. Some nice citrusy, slightly herbal hops with toasty light grains and some light yeast.

Taste. Lightly bitter citrusy hops, some great toasty grains and a little tropical fruits. Nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Easy drinking pale with some great hops. Did I mention the kick ass can???? (Ya, I am a total geek...).

Rutager, Oct 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

WoodburyMN, Oct 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

jokely, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of Jparker37
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Golden with an orange tinge. Medium sized white cap of tight foam. The beer has a slight haze to it.

S - Really nice mellow piney hops, lemony citrus. Very fresh smell to the hops. Faint base malt underneath.

T - Malt holds up better here. Still very light base malt character but distinctly grainy/husky flavor with a touch of sweetness before the hops. Nice piney/citrus hop flavor, very pleasant. Finishes pretty dry with a refreshing piney hop aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry to semi-dry.

O - Very nice hop forward beer. Malt strikes a touch of balance but showcases hops very well. Beautiful looking beer as well.

Jparker37, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of poodog
4/5  rDev +5.8%

poodog, Oct 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

dorkinajeep, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Living816
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More of IPA than APA, but it's kind of of the low end of IPA and high end of APA in terms of bitterness. More IPA than anything really though.

But anyway, smell is amazing. Soft, round melony. Cloying. Very tropical.

Taste is sweet. You don't expect a beer of this color to have so much sweetness in the first blush taste. The bitterness really kicks you in the balls at the finish. A little too much bitterness to really be enjoyable. It kind of craps all over my malts.

Heavy mouthfeel.

A very solid beer. Wonderful hop aroma, nice malty sweetness. Tone down the IBUS from 40 to maybe 30 and it's a more balance and soft pale ale that you could tear through all evening. I'm liking it, but this is totally a one beer an evening drink for me.

Living816, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Riding the wave of tropical and citrus blends, Tallgrass brings a pep of complexity that's usually reserved for imperial IPAs and applies them in standard American pale ale form.

But the beer's confidence begins in its appearance. A bright a modestly hazed gold and amber coloration releases a frothy white head that's both airy and fluffed. It's cottony persistence laces the glass evenly and impressively.

Ripe red grapefruit and orange zest lead off the aromas. But shortly afterwards, the more rounded notes of pineapple, apricot, and lemons enter the equation. Without the malts making a specticle, they rather give a sweetness to implied fruit notes that makes them seem ripe and honey-dipped.

Those malty flavors coat the front of the tongue with a thin caramel sweetness that seems more honey-like at times than caramel. These more rounded flavors wrap around the hops and develop into a graham cracker-like dryness to finish. But first, a middle palate of hop flavor starts sharply and citrusy with those grapefruit and orange flavors. But as the beer traverses across the tongue, they develop savory sweet fruit flavors that are better found in tropical fruits: apricot, mango, pineapple, lemons, and even white grape and a mild winey taste to finish alongside the crackery malts.

Up 'til now I feel like I have told the story of an IPA or an imperial version. But the body is super light and refreshing. Even to start, the beer's creamy malts and carbonation play lightly on the palate. Even as it strives toward dryness, the bready textures turn cracker-like and balance the hops at every step. The bone-dry closure allows the hops to linger a bit longer in aftertaste, but mostly in its fruity taste and lesser so in bitterness.

8-Bit is a genuine and gracefull pale ale that is characterful enough to appease the most demanding hop heads, but also smooth enough to capture the taste buds of novices alike. I'd be happy to keep a six pack of these in my stable anytime.

BEERchitect, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of vlodko62
4.5/5  rDev +19%

vlodko62, Oct 15, 2012
Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 819 ratings.